THE Liberal Party (LP) asked for understanding and indulgence for submitting the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) past the deadline.
In a statement, Occidental Mindoro Representative and LP Secretary General Josephine Sato explained that being the largest political party in the present administration, the gathering of data and information took time.
Which is why, Sato said, the LP asked for extension from the Commission on Elections for the submission of SOCE.
LP’s standard bearer Mar Roxas placed second in the presidential elections, while its vice presidential bet Rep. Leni Robredo won.
“The LP is a national party, with chapters all over the country. As part of due diligence, we had to await receipts, invoices and information from all these chapters before we could file our SOCE,” Sato said.
“The deadline is one month after elections – very tight considering none of the other candidates has an organization as wide as ours and we had to account for millions worth of expenses,” she further explained.
According to Sato, they understand and respect the ruling of the Comelec, however, they officially informed the poll body about the late filing and begged for a deadline extension.
“Now, one week later, we have filed our papers. We did not disregard our responsibility and we certainly did not flout the law,” Sato said.
The LP submitted its campaign spending reports on June 14, or six days past the June 8 deadline.
LP representatives brought to the Comelec at least five boxes containing the party’s SOCE and supporting documents. The Comelec Campaign Finance Office (CFO) received the documents as part of its ministerial duty.
The LP reported a total of P241 million, both in contributions received and expenses incurred throughout the 2016 election campaign period.
By law, all candidates, party-lists, and political parties are required to submit their SOCEs within 30 days after election day.